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Elektra (2005)



Critic Consensus: Jennifer Garner inhabits her role with earnest gusto, but Elektra's tone deaf script is too self-serious and bereft of intelligent dialogue to provide engaging thrills.

Movie Info

Ordered to assassinate Mark Miller, the deadly female ninja Elektra opts instead to defy her orders and defends both Mark and his daughter Abby against all comers.more
Rating: PG-13 (for action violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Zak Penn, Stuart Zicherman, Raven Metzner
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 5, 2005
Box Office: $24.1M
20th Century Fox - Official Site


Goran Visnjic
as Mark Miller
Kirsten Prout
as Abby Miller
Bob Sapp
as Stone
Jason Isaacs
as DeMarco (Uncredited)
Laura Ward
as Young Elektra
Nathaniel Arcand
as Hand Ninja #1
Kevan Ohtsji
as Roshi Servant
Ian Tracey
as Pool Shark
Jana Mitsoula
as Young Elektra's Moth...
Sean Akira
as Glowering Ikuren
Taku Kawai
as Glowering Ikuren
Kendall Cross
as First Paramedic
Ty Olsson
as Second Paramedic
Nancy Wetzel
as Third Paramedic
Paul Wu
as Fight Instructor
Marke Driesschen
as Weatherman
Kurt Max Runte
as Nikolas Natchios
Aaron Au
as Hand Ninja #2
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News & Interviews for Elektra

Critic Reviews for Elektra

All Critics (164) | Top Critics (40)

There isn't a whisper of spontaneity.

Full Review… | July 14, 2015
Top Critic

The movie's dominant visual tone is bronzed grunge, and its emotional tone is depressive.

Full Review… | July 14, 2015
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

This doesn't exactly set the world on fire, but I was charmed by its old-fashioned storytelling, which is refreshingly free of archness, self-consciousness, or Kill Bill-style wisecracks.

Full Review… | March 5, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Everything comes back to Garner, though -- and even when the movie takes itself too seriously, thankfully she never does.

Full Review… | March 5, 2007
Associated Press
Top Critic

Elektra shoves Frank Miller's eponymous cold-blooded assassin into a PG-13-friendly adventure.

Full Review… | October 6, 2006
AV Club
Top Critic

Garner, who showed a promising comic touch last year in 13 Going On 30, does her movie career no favors here.

Full Review… | July 14, 2015
People Magazine

Audience Reviews for Elektra

Good fight scenes and a much more plausible story line than I expected. I think this movie gets slammed far more than it should.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

By far, the absolute worst Marvel movie to date. "Elektra" is a spin off of "Daredevil" and completely goes off the tracks with a bad story, and horrible acting. Jennifer Garner stars as "Elektra" a hired assassin who has come back from the dead and reunited with her old sensei Stick(Terence Stamp). She's hired to kill a father and daughter, but her conscience kicks in and she protects them instead of killing them. "Daredevil" is a superhero movie that is over the top, but in a lot of ways based in reality. Here, "Elektra" just moves into this supernatural-esque world, that doesn't make any sense. There's a guy with tattoos that come to life, a woman who turns people to stone(kind of) with a kiss, it just seemed so fake and ridiculous, it's hard to take any of this movie seriously. I know, I know, how can you say this is fake when you love a movie like "Thor?" Watch both of them, and tell me which seems more realistic. Garner may be hot, but my god she can't act in this movie. She just has this pouty look on her face the whole time, and the father/daughter duo, I was hoping like hell they would die. Skip this absolute turd of a movie, and watch "Daredevil" again, or any other movie for that matter.

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer


Jennifer Garner is a sweet-faced assassin and she works hard in the fight scene. But this version of the Marvel Comics character, and spin-off from 2003's Daredevil, lacks backbone.
On the plus side, rival assassins such as Tattoo, whose tattoos turn into fighting accessories, are imaginative; the photography is first-class. But the film stalls in ridiculousness: for example, Elektra's corset-and-heels fight outfits.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

Elektra Quotes

Abby: Her name's Elektra dad.
– Submitted by Rawballs B (2 years ago)
DeMarco (Uncredited): I guess it's all true. The red outfit, the knives. What happens now? You just kill me, straight out, just gulp?
Elektra Natchios: Don't worry. Death's not that bad.
DeMarco (Uncredited): How do you know?
Elektra Natchios: I died once.
– Submitted by Lorenzo V (4 years ago)

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